Just over two weeks remain until Groton Day and the dramatic close of another fall athletic season for St. Mark's. Two varsity teams—Boys' cross country and girls' varsity soccer—are leading the way for the Lions this fall, along with outstanding performances from several non-varsity teams, including a record-extending performance by boys' JV cross country.
Undefeated at 12-0 with three regular season races remaining, Boys' JV cross country continues to extend its St. Mark's record for consecutive victories, now an amazing 50 straight wins over the past four years. The boys' varsity runners have also been impressive, posting a 10-2 mark with three to go, currently tied for second place in the Independent School League (ISL).
The SM girls' varsity soccer team is looking strong at 9-3-1 with five games remaining. Goaltender Zoe Maddox '19 has seven shutouts and has an impressive 1.23 goals-against average. Tied for fourth place in the ISL, the Lions are hoping for a post-season playoff berth.
Two other JV teams and one thirds squad have also experienced overall success to date. JV Field Hockey is 8-1 so far, behind an extremely stingy defense that has allowed only four goals all season and has notched six shutouts already. Girls' JV soccer—6-1 to date with five to go—has also been strong defensively, giving up just five goals in seven games. Boys' thirds soccer is winning at 6-1 with four games left to play.
Varsity field hockey goaltender Lydia Rascher '20 has been a key to her team's winning record of 6-5-1 so far, allowing fewer than two goals per game and making plenty of saves (for example, she had 18 stops in a tie with Cushing). Girls' varsity cross country is also hovering around.500, currently at 4-5 with three races to go.
Both boys' varsity soccer and varsity football collected important wins over St. George's. While they are young teams and have faced some challenges this fall, on Groton Day anything can happen.
So far this fall, the SM Lions and Groton Zebras are tied at 2-2 in the quest for the raccoon coat, with nine contests remaining.